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SANTIAGO, CHILE — Chilean human rights organizations staged a rally on Sunday to protest an event held in honor of deceased former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. The screening of a new documentary film perceived to be sympathetic to Pinochet and Chile’s 1973-1990 military regime took place at Caupolicán Theater in Santiago and was organized by…

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SANTIAGO, CHILE — Thousands of attendees enlivened the twelfth consecutive celebration of “Diverse Chile: Cultural Demonstration for Diversity and Against Discrimination” in Santiago’s Plaza de Armas on Saturday, May 12. Organized by the Chilean rights organization MOVILH (Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation), the event set the stage for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia,…

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NEW YORK CITY — Thousands of immigration activists and undocumented workers joined labor unions and Occupy Wall Street protesters Tuesday  to commemorate the international workers’ holiday, May Day. Similar protests were held throughout the United States and the world. While the majority of the May Day protests across the country were peaceful, at least 30 people…

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Photographer Daniel Lascano captured the following images in Cuba from July 7-28, 2011 as he traveled from Havana to Baracoa. Lascano writes, “Cuba for me– and many Latin Americans– is a pilgrimage of sorts because at one point it represented our most hopeful desires for our burgeoning American republics; sadly, we realized that it came…

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GUATEMALA CITY — After 9 days and more than 120 miles, members of the Indigenous, Peasant and Popular March (Marcha Indígena, Campesina y Popular) arrived at the center of Guatemala City. On March 27, independent photojournalist James Rodríguez captured these images from the ninth and final day of the march, in which an estimated 15,000…

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PARIS — Argentina’s Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo received the 2010 Félix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize in ceremony in Paris on Sept. 14 for their work in defense of human rights. The chair of the prize committee, Portuguese ex-President Mario Soares, said the Grandmothers earned the award for their “tireless battle for human rights and…

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This week, Cuba commemorated the attack on the Moncada barracks of July 26, 1953, that propelled Fidel Castro to national fame and became the first battle of the Cuban Revolution. For Cuba’s leadership, the anniversary captured the quandary the Cuban government finds itself in, half a century after the Revolution took power in 1959. On…

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This week, Cuba commemorated the attack on the Moncada barracks of July 26, 1953, that propelled Fidel Castro to national fame and became the first battle of the Cuban Revolution. For Cuba’s leadership, the anniversary captured the quandary the Cuban government finds itself in, half a century after the Revolution took power in 1959. On…

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Today, Cuba commemorates the attack on the Moncada barracks of July 26, 1953, that propelled Fidel Castro to national fame and became the first battle of the Cuban Revolution. To mark the date, The Latin America News Dispatch is running a three-part series of slideshows, featuring images of Cuba shot by Argentine architect and photographer…